‘I Have a Bomb and I Will Blow Up Canada’: U.S. Fighter Jets Escort Plane Back to Toronto After Passenger Makes Threats

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Two U.S. fighter jets escorted a Canada-to-Panama flight back to Toronto after a passenger allegedly threatened the plane Friday morning.

Sunwing Airlines Flight 772, which left Toronto Pearson International Airport at 7 a.m. ET, was over West Virginia when “an agitated customer made a direct threat against the aircraft” about 45 minutes into the flight to Panama City, the Canadian carrier said in a statement.

The nature of the threat or why the passenger was agitated were not specified. CBS News reported that the passenger told a flight attendant, “I have a bomb and I will blow up Canada.”

The North American Aerospace Defense Command was alerted at 8:20 a.m. ET. Two Ohio Air National Guard fighter jets out of Toledo that were in the air on a training mission were diverted to intercept the plane after it turned around, said NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter.

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SOURCE: Michael Winter
USA TODAY

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